Scoutd Watch Dutch Midfielder
Manchester United scouts are keeping tabs on Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong. However, the Red Devils face competition for his signature from Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.
Jose Mourinho is believed to be an admirer of de Jong and representatives from Old Trafford watched him in action in the Netherlands’ 2-1 defeat to France in Paris in their opening Nations League game at the end of last month. It was only de Jong’s second appearance for his country but it was first start and he stayed on for the full 90 minutes.
De Jong is regarded as one of Ajax’s brightest young players. He was signed from Dutch rivals Willem II and can play either in midfield or in defence. He isn’t regarded as a goalscorer. In fact, his only goal for Ajax came in one of his early appearances for the side during the 2016-17 campaign.
The 21-year-old was linked at the end of last month with interest from Barcelona. At that time it was claimed that the Catalan side were watching de Jong along with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot. Attempts will be made by the Catalan side to sign two of those players next summer.
Tottenham Hotspur were linked at the start of September.
Ajax value de Jong at £40million although some reports claim that Manchester City saw a £50million bid rejected by the Dutch side during the summer. For Barcelona he would prove to be cheaper than Pogba though more expensive than Rabiot whose contract with PSG expires next at the end of June.
Maier On Manchester United Radar
Manchester United are also monitoring Hertha Berlin midfielder Arne Maier. The 19-year-old has shone in a Hertha side that has taken seven points from their opening three Bundesliga games so far this season.
Arsenal and Barcelona are also interested. But Maier has tried to play down rumours of a move away from the German capital.
“I get a lot of playing time,” he said. “We have an exciting squad, this is my city and my club,” he told Kicker magazine in Germany.
Maier’s contract with Hertha runs to 2022.